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The Fly By Wire System.

Sun Aug 17, 2003 12:46 pm

The first aircraft with this system was?

I was thinking it was the A320.

What aircraft was the first with this system?
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RE: The Fly By Wire System.

Sun Aug 17, 2003 3:37 pm

The Concorde has an analog fly-by-wire system, the A320 was the first airliner with a digital one. I am not sure about military planes tho, but I think the SR-71 had one too, and possible the XB-70

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RE: The Fly By Wire System.

Sun Aug 17, 2003 3:46 pm

I thought I read that the A310 was the first to have fly by wire, but it was only to the outboard ailerons.. Just a foggy memory  Nuts
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RE: The Fly By Wire System.

Sun Aug 17, 2003 5:56 pm

From what I understand, the first digital fly-by-wire aircraft was a NASA F-8 Crusader, which flew with complete dependence on electronic flight controls in May 1972:

And if the Russians are to be believed, then the Sukhoi T-4 prototype (below) also had a fly-by-wire system when it made its first flight later the same year.

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RE: The Fly By Wire System.

Sun Aug 17, 2003 6:07 pm

The A310 was the first airliner with fly-by-wire technology incorporated into its design. The F-16 was the first fighter to have full digital fly-by-wire for all its control surfaces, a descendant of the F-8 FBW prototype system.

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